The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has produced a classification of the population for areas across the UK.
Using socioeconomic and demographic data from the Census, it classifies people living in different areas of the country who share similar characteristics. This helps in:
- Identifying areas in other parts of the country with common characteristics to allow sharing of experiences and lessons learned with areas outside of Northumberland.
- Targeting services or resources to people living in the most appropriate areas.
- Exploring links between the characteristics of a population and the prevalence of thematic issues associated with health, crime and so on.
- Matching the primary data gathered from a local survey against the characteristics of a population.
The classification is made up of three levels – supergroup, group and sub-group. Currently there are two classifications available - the output area classification (OAC) which provides a classification at the most local level and the local authority classification which analyses data for the 391 local authorities across the UK.
The latest classifications use data collected from the 2011 Census.
2011 output area classification (OAC)
2011 area classification for local authorities
For more information, visit the ONS Area Classification website